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March 9, 2010, 6:51 pm
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Scanned my system with Avast 4.8 and it flagged this group, or more
fittingly, the file that Thunderbird indexes the posts in this group
as... alt.comp.anti-virus.msf is infected with HTML:Script-inf
Sent the file to Virustotal and the only other scanner that picks it up
Anyone else had this problem and figured out which post is causing the
I had Avast issue a false positive on a similar data file for my newsreader.
That file only contains text. Nothing in it would be executable (although,
I suppose, scripts are text, too, and something executes the script). I
sent the file to Avast as a false positive. I don't know when but
eventually they must've updated their signature database because Avast no
longer triggers on that file; however, it could also be that the text in
that data file got pushed out as newer data got moved it (obviously the
contents of the data file changes every time that I use my newsreader).